• An Bord Pleanala has again pushed back the date for a decision on planning permission for a new bridge at Cloongullane, near Swinford.

    The decision is not just disappointing but outrageous, according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    It's almost two years since an oral hearing took place into plans for a replacement bridge at Cloongullane - an accident blackspot on the N26 - yet no progress has since been made on the matter.

    The planning application is still with An Bord Pleanala, and it was expected a decision might be made by the end of last month, but that date is now being further delayed, and  there's no indication when a decision will be made.

    Senator Mulherin says it's not good enough that environmental concerns are holding up such a vital piece of infrastructure, when there are no objections from the National Parks & Wildlife or the fisheries.

  • "They can dress it up anyway they want to, but the introduction of car parking charges on the streets in eight additional Mayo towns, is just a money making exercise by Mayo county County Council." That’s the view of Westport based Fianna Fail cllr Brendan Mulroy.

    The Cllr is the Chair of the Roads and Transport Strategic Policy Committee of Mayo county council, and at a meeting of the committee yesterday, Tom Gilligan Director of Service for the local authority told members that car parking charges are to be introduced in Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Charlestown, Crossmolina, Foxford, Kiltimagh, Knock and Swinford.

    At present these towns have neither street car parking charges or carpark charges.

    Mr Gilligan said they plan to collect an additional half a million euro a year from such charges.

    Westport has carpark charges already, but on street car parking charges are also proposed under this plan.

    Cllr Mulroy told Midwest News editor Teresa O’Malley why he cannot accept the proposals.

  • If residents of Aras Attracta in Swinford want to stay living in the facility than they should be allowed to do so, despite any policy of the HSE to move them out into the community.

    That’s the view of Castlebar Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne.

    The councillor , who is a member of the HSE West forum raised the matter at a recent meeting of the forum, as he believes that some Aras Attracta residents and their families are adamant that they do not want to move out of the care home for people with mental disabilities, but are feeling, in some cases, that there is pressure being put on them to do so.

    There are 67 residents in Aras Attracta at present, and the HSE are at an advanced stage of relocating many of these people into community home settings.

  •  A regulator needs to be appointed by government to allow elected councillors to challenge or appeal any directive from a Minister, that’s the view of Swinford based Fianna Fail councillor Michael Smyth.

    The councillor was speaking at yesterday’s special meeting of Mayo county council that was called by elected councillors to reinstate planning as an item on the agenda of each Municipal District, as was the case until last year, when a directive from the Planning Minister Eoghan Murphy banned any planning discussions at council meetings.

    Councillors adjourned yesterday meeting and are now seeking independent legal advice on whether or not they can continue to make observations about planning at meetings of the authority.

  • Gardai in Swinford are appealing for witnesses after a man died following a road collision yesterday evening.

    Gardai and the emergency services were called to the scene of the single vehicle collision at Ballinvoher near Swinford at approximately 6.45 yesterday evening.

    The driver – a man in his 70’s, who was the sole occupant of the car, was seriously injured when his SUV left the road and struck a wall. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

    His body was removed to Mayo University Hospital for a post-mortem examination. The local Coronor has been notified. The N5 road was closed for a time yesterday evening but has since reopened following an examination of the scene.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Swinford Garda Station on 094-9252990 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • Gardai have launched an appeal for information as the first anniversary of the death of Joe Deacy approaches.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    Gardai have established that Joe left Kiltimagh town at approximately 1.30am on August 12th.

    Gardai are again appealing to people from the local community who have seen Joe between 1.30am and 6.45am on Saturday August 12th 2017 to come forward to assist Gardai with any information.

    Crimestoppers is offering a substantial reward for information which may lead to the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for Joe’s death.

    Crimestoppers can be contacted on 1800 25 00 25, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or the incident room at Claremorris Garda Station on 094-93-72080.

    Superintendent Tom Calvey told Midwest News that they are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  • Michaela Walsh was back in action yesterday when she represented Ireland at the Loughborough International in England.

    Michaela claimed the gold in the u23 women's shot put with a huge throw of 15.97m ranking her inside the top 5 in Europe at the age of 19. 

    Moving up the ranks Michaela also came 1st in the senior category this is an amazing achievement for the talented young Swinford athlete.

  • The family of a young GAA player from England, who was murdered while on a visit to Co. Mayo last August, says they are convinced that “someone knows what happened” and has appealed for them to contact investigating Gardai.

    The Dublin City Coroner this morning adjourned the inquest into his death of 21-year-old Joe Deacy at the request of An Garda Siochana, to permit officers to continue their extensive investigations.

    Mr Deacy, a member of St Colmcille’s GAA club in Hertfordshire and a passionate Mayo GAA fan, was found seriously injured outside a house at Gortnasillagh, Swinford in the early hours of Sunday, August 13 last year.

    He was rushed by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital before being transferred to the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, where he later died.

    Joe Deacy had been visiting relatives in Co. Mayo when he sustained the fatal injuries.

    He had been socialising in Kiltimagh the night before his death.

    Two men arrested for questioning in November under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act were later released without charge.

    Following this morning’s adjournment, Mr Deacy’s father Adrian released a short statement in which he said the family “hoped and prayed” continuing investigations will eventually bring to justice those responsible for Joe’s death.

  • Maeve Gallagher Castlebar Cycling Club has been selected by Cycling Ireland to represent the country at the World Road Championships in Innsbruck, Austria at end of this month.

    Also today Maeve is racing in Ras na mBan in Kilkenny and has won the green jersey on Mount Leinister today and best Irish domestic rider in the race.

  • road crash

    A road traffic collision has claimed the life of a man in Swinford this afternoon.

    The collision between a car and an articulated truck on the N5 at Swinford near the Applegreen Store occurred shortly before 3.30pm.

    One person was pronounced dead at the scene while another person was taken to Mayo University Hospital with non life threatening conditions..

    The forensic collision investigation team is currently at the scene. 

    The road is likely to remain closed to traffic for a number of hours.

    All traffic is being diverted through Swinford town.

    Diversions are in place.  

    Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them in Claremorris on 094 93 72080.


  • A man who died in a road collision earlier this week on the N5 will be laid to rest on Monday.

    Frank Walsh of Treenlaur, Kiltimagh died when the car he was driving collided with an articulated truck on the N5 at Swinford near the Applegreen.

    Frank’s remains will repose at O’Hora’s Funeral Home Kiltimagh tomorrow evening from 5.30 until 8pm.

    He will be laid to rest following 12 noon Funeral Mass in the Church of the Holy Family, Kiltimagh on Monday in Kilkinure Cemetery, Kiltimagh.

  • Adrian Doherty from Down Syndrome Mayo joined Tommy Marren this week to chat about the organisation's attempts to turn a house left to the society by the late Máirteen Campbell into a regional centre for children and adults with Down Syndrome and Autism. He outlined the work that they hope to carry out on the house and the help they have been receiving from people around the region as they try and raise money, all without Government funding. You can listen back to the interview here and also you can check out our visit to the house to see more of the gift that Máirt Campbell bequeathed the community at large. 

    You can donate to the ongoing GoFundMe Page to help with the transformation of the house here - http://bit.ly/2QXlzA3

  • The National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships are taking place this weekend in Abbotstown Dublin. Having taken gold two weeks previously at the Under 23 Championships yesterday saw Michaela Walsh move up to compete at the highest level of athletics in Ireland. The young Swinford athlete stormed to victory at the Senior Championships winning gold in the women's 4kg shot putt with a new indoor pb - a full 3 meters ahead of the silver medalist. Michaela will now prepare for the outdoor season where she will compete in both the hammer and shot putt.  

  • TP Brennan Connacht Cup Semi-Final 
    Castlebar Celtic 0-2 Carbury FC 

    TP Brennan Shield Semi-Final 
    Colemanstown 1-3 Swinford AET 

  • More than 700 households and businesses in the Crossmolina area are without electricity this morning.

    A fault occurred on the line just before 8am.

    According to the ESB’s powercheck website, crews are working on the fault and it’s expected that the supply will be restored by 11.30 this morning.

    A fault has also occurred on the line at Swinford, where 19 households have lost supply this morning.

    Again the ESB says crews are working on the repairs and it’s hoped to have the service restored at 11.30am.

  • There were no applications for two GP practices in Swinford and Headford, when the existing GPs at both locations retired recently.  

    According to former Chair of the Irish Medical Organisation and Ballygar GP Dr Martin Daly, there will be areas in the west of Ireland left without a GP in the coming years.

    The IMO is highlighting the level of retirements anticipated over the next five to seven years county by county, and across county Mayo 41 percent, that is 2 in every 5 GPs in the county at present look set to hang up the stethoscope.

    In Leitrim up to half of the GPs at present are due to retire over that time period, in Roscommon 38 percent, 30 percent in Galway.

    The organisation has also been contacting TDs and running a social media campaign on Twitter to push its reverse FEMPI campaign.

    The IMO’s AGM is taking place in Killarney over the next four days.

  • A power outage in the Swinford area this morning is affecting over 240 customers.

    ESB Networks has confirmed that work is underway to repair a fault in the Swinford area, and are hoping to reconnect power supplies by 2pm this afternoon.



  • A proposal to cancel registration for Áras Attracta in Swinford, a campus-based residential setting for people with intellectual disabilities in Swinford operated by the HSE has been withdrawn by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

    The decision was made following inspections carried out at the facility on January 8th and 9th of this year. The proposal to cancel their registration was issued in September 2017. However on foot of the latest inspection report, the Chief Inspector of Social Services in HIQA has withdrawn that proposal and is inviting the HSE to apply to register these centres. However HIQA has said in a statement that it remains concerned about the sustainability of these improvements and the areas of continued non-compliance.

    The Health Information and Quality Authority has published three inspection reports for centres in Áras Attracta today.

    It found that improvements had been made to residents’ safety and quality of life since the previous inspections in May 2017. The HSE had implemented, or was in the process of implementing, the majority of actions required following previous inspections, within the agreed time frames. Revised management and oversight arrangements had been put in place in all three centres and appropriate action was now being taken in relation to safeguarding concerns.

    Inspectors found that residents were now afforded more choice in how they spent their day and in how they decorated their bedrooms. Residents could now take part in activities of interest to them. Residents and their families could now participate in making decisions that affect them through regular resident and family forums. Some residents had recently moved out of the campus into more appropriate housing in the community, while other residents told inspectors that they were looking forward to their move into the community.

    However, improvements are required in a number of areas across the campus:

    • further improving oversight of the quality and safety of care,
    • increasing opportunities for residents to participate in education, training or employment,
    • completing fire prevention upgrade work, as required by the HSE’s fire consultant,
    • making sure residents have an accessible version of their personal plan,
    • providing further training to ensure staff can meet residents' assessed needs,
    • ensuring staff files contain all records to verify that they are appropriate to work in the centre, as required under the regulations.

    While there continues to be non-compliance in areas such as the workforce, risk management, governance, suitability of accommodation on the campus and aspects of social care provision, the HSE has submitted a satisfactory action plan to fully address these issues and bring the centres into full compliance with the regulations and standards.

    On the basis of the HSE’s overall plan for the campus and the action plans submitted following these inspections, HIQA has withdrawn the notices of proposal to cancel the registration of the campus. This will provide the HSE with an opportunity to fully implement their action plans. However, HIQA remains concerned about the sustainability of these improvements and will continue to monitor the campus closely to ensure that the provider continues to improve residents’ care, safety and quality of life. HIQA now expects to receive completed applications for the registration of centres in Áras Attracta and, when received, the Chief Inspector will give due consideration to these.




  • This Sunday, August 12th, a number of events will be organised in memory of the late Joe Deacy and everyone is invited to attend.

    Joe, who was 21-years old, was found seriously injured in Gorthnasillagh, Swinford on Saturday August 12th last year by a passing cyclist.

    Mr Deacy, a native of St Alban’s in the UK, was transferred to Mayo University Hospital and then to Beaumont Hospital Dublin, where he died on August 13th.

    On Sunday, a Mass will be celebrated, a wreath laying ceremony will take place  and a memorial Gaelic football match will also be held. 

    The events are being organized by St Colmcille’s GAA club, in St Alban’s where Joe was a valued member.

    St Colmcille’s PRO Shane Gill told Midwest News today that Sunday is a chance to rejuvenate the search for answers and an opportunity to celebrate Joe’s passions, which were football, in particular Mayo and West Ham United. 

    The mass will take place in Bohola Church at 11.30am on Sunday, followed by the laying of a wreath at the house where Joe was found at 1pm.

    This will be followed by a memorial Gaelic football match at 2pm in Swinford Amenity Park, where his club St Colmcilles GAC, will take on ‘The Hammers’, a team comprised of Joe’s friends and family and named after his favourite soccer team, West Ham. 



    Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision that occurred this evening at the junction of the N5 and N26 just outside Swinford.

    Roads were closed in the area for a time, but have since re-opened.

    It's understood the collision occurred at the Kilbride junction, and Gardai, ambulance and fire crews attended the scene.

    Gardai say two people were taken to Mayo University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.